Favourite Songs Of Summer 2018

As August is coming to a close, we are getting closer and closer to the end of summer. It’s a shame, but over the past few months, there have certainly been some fantastic music. Below is but some of the music that we’ve enjoyed over the summer and we will surely be listening to for months to come.

“I Like It” – Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin

As Latin music has become more and more popular over the years, one thing is clear: the summer is where it thrives the most. Last year we had “Despacito”, this year we get “I Like It”. Cardi B has put together an amazing song thanks to the infectious collab she had with both Bad Bunny and J Balvin. As a result, her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, was a hit and she has literally made history as the first female rapper to score not one but two number one songs.

“Nice for What” – Drake

In 2016, Drizzy dominated the summer charts with the hit “One Dance”. This year he reclaimed that crown with the “for the ladies” anthem from this song. You can’t stop yourself from dancing after you hear the Lauryn Hill sample.

“Boys” – Lizzo

Lizzo also took a page from Drake and opted for a ladies’ anthem. Though her approach was bouncier, sassier, raunchier, and even more sexually liberating, it certainly was a hit. This track isn’t only for the ladies out there. It also celebrates all the other people out there. As Lizzo says “from the playboys to the gay boys.”

“Boo’d Up” – Ella Mai

Rising star Ella Mai has yet to put a debut album out and yet she boasts a certified-platinum summer hit. This R&B love song was launched last year in February but this track has proven it can stand the test of time as it’s still steadily climbing up in popularity.

“WTP” – Teyana Taylor

The album Taylor launched with this song is already full of great R&B bangers, not to mention them being sultry. But out of the entire album, this one takes the cake as WTP provides an explosive final track to bring out the inner queen. This song was primarily inspired by Harlem Ballroom which is why you’ll hear some parts from Mykki Blanco along with snippets from Paris Is Burning. This is literally a song fitting fro voguing.

“Plug Walk” – Rich the Kid

Born in Queens, bred in Atlanta, this rapper was on a heavy rotation thanks to this piece being filled with so many innuendos. “Plug Walk” marks one of the most popular solo tracks out there which has been a long time coming from a Migos collaborator. Because of this, this track is bound to linger on a lot of late-night summer playlists.

“Lemon (Drake Remix)” – N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna & Drake

The last time the duo teamed up they took over airwaves in summer 2016 thanks to the hit “Work”. They could certainly pull off something similar to that thanks to the help of this song. Especially since Pharrell’s production is involved on this too.

Music Stars that died young

The music industry has had its fair share of tragedy over the last couple of decades with the loss of up and coming talented stars that would have probably changed the world with their music. These are the kind of artists who would have been icons today if the cruel hand of death had not come knocking a tad too early. Just a few months ago, Tim Bergling popularly known by his stage name Avicii was pronounced dead and the cause listed as suicide. News of his death rocked the entire music industry as he was considered one of the biggest names in electronic dance music.

At only 29, Avicii was not the first star whose journey was abruptly cut short by death. Other would have been legends that left us too soon include:

  1. Tupac Shakur (25)

Going by the fact that his music still has an audience 24 years later, Tupac Shakur was on the road to stardom at the time of his death. He was also one of the most notable hip-hop legends known to address social issues through his platform. Musician activists are such a rarity today which goes to prove that his death was indeed our loss.

  1. Aaliyah (22)

By age 17, this R&B songbird had already gone double-platinum with her music. At a time when R&B was starting to catch on she had set herself apart as one of the voices to look out for. An unfortunate plane crash in the year 2000 changed all that. Her music, however, still lives on.

  1. Kurt Cobain (27)

In him the world of rock lost a legend. He was a trend setter in the 80s and early 90s with his music connecting with an outrageous number of teenagers in that time. He was the face of the band Nirvana but this came to an abrupt end because in 1994 he shot himself in the head in his home.

  1. Selena Quintanilla (23)

It is no easy feat for Latin artists of any genre to cross over into the United States and get recognition for their musical talent. Selena, as she was popularly known, did this way back when. The rising star was shining too bright having landed her first recording deal at a tender age of 12. With fame and money came deceitful friends and one of them, who skimmed money from her fashion line literally shot her in the back. Selena did not survive this incident.

  1. The Notorious B.I.G (24)

When one mentions Tupac Shakur there is no much choice but to mention Biggie as well. This is because of the nasty beef that the two artists had in the course of their careers. This beef was so bad Biggie was rumored to be involved in Pac’s death, of course he denied. Outside of this mess, Biggie’s music career was flourishing. This was not for long as his life was cut short when his entourage was shot up in Los Angeles.

Even more talented musicians have died just when their careers were gaining strides. Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, the list is endless. While all these artists died too young, their music still lives on and that is proof enough that if they had lived a little longer, their fans would have savored even more quality records.

7 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Lady Gaga

Even though Lady Gaga has been in and out of the music scene, she is still one of the most iconic figures in the music world. She has unique take to fashion, and her music is fun and next to impossible to recreate.

As much as she is an interesting woman now, her past as well is just as interesting. Below are a handful of fun facts that you might not have known about Mother Monster!

Her Real Name

A lot of us refer to her as Lady Gaga but we know that’s not her real name. Her actual name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Let’s just stick with Lady Gaga, it’s a lot easier to remember.

She’s A Drop Out

There’s been an ongoing trend of people dropping out of university or college and end up making it big and Lady Gaga was no exception. She dropped out of New York University at the beginning of her second year in order to chase after her dream of music. In an interview she has said the following about this instance.

“I don’t have the same priorities as other people, I just don’t…. When I’m not doing a show, I’m writing a song, or I’m on the phone with Dada yapping about a hemline.”

Her Name’s Inspiration

Lady Gaga didn’t come out of thin air in fact her name was inspired by a familiar song sung by Queen. We all remember “Radio Gaga” right? Her name came from that inspiration but also her admiration for both the band as well as it’s singer, Freddie Mercury. One time she called him one of the biggest personalities in pop music.



Growing up, her father requested that when she got tattoos that one side of her remained clean. It’s for this reason why Lady Gaga has all of her tattoos on the left side, keeping her right void of any ink. She has a total of 19 tattoos all on her left side all of them beautiful and each one have deep meanings.

Her Piano Skills

Music is certainly in her blood and was in her life at an early age. By the age of four she was able to play the piano. She learned how to do that by playing by ear. Those are some serious skills. By the age of 13 she moved from piano to writing original songs along with ballads.

The Story Behind “Just Dance”

Just Dance was a chart topper and made quite a wave when it came out. The crazy thing is though is that not only did it take Lady Gaga 10 minutes to write the entire song, she did all this when she was incredibly hungover too!

Why Lady Gaga Doesn’t Wear Pants When Performing

Why Lady Gaga Doesn’t Wear Pants When Performing

One thing you might’ve noticed is Lady Gaga’s performance outfits. On the surface some people can say she’s dressed in a lewd fashion, but the reason she wears those outfits is actually for an endearing reason.

It’s for her grandmother.

In an interview she stated that her grandmother is basically blind, however she is able to see lighter parts of her like her skin and hair. So by showing more skin her grandmother is able to tell it’s her.

There are many other facts about Lady Gaga that we didn’t cover here so if you have others you know about we’d love for you to share them below! Which facts did we share that surprise you?

Meaningful Music of the 21st Century

Sheerios, that’s the name given to fans of Ed Sheeran, one of the greatest pop stars of the 21st century. Even music icon Elton John is a Sheerio, singing a duet together at the 2013 Grammy Awards. His full name is Edward Christopher Sheeran, born 17th February 1991. He was born in Halifax, England but was brought up in the beautiful market town Framlingham in Suffolk, England. What makes him stand out from the rest? His soulful music that relates to everyone and his knowing that he will never have a six pack and that fact does not bother him at all.

Ed Sheeran is a songwriter for himself as well as other famous artists such as Justin Bieber, boy band One Direction and Tori Kelly. Some songs tell of his real-life encounters, experiences and relationships:

  • “Small Bump” was a true story based on the perspective of his friend who had a miscarriage at 5 months
  • “The A Team” which he co-sang with Elton John at the Grammy’s was based on the true story of a drug-addicted, homeless women he met at a shelter and the video cost £20 to film
  • “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” was written as a defiance to his former management company who wanted to change his image
  • “Castle on a Hill” was about his hometown
  • “Supermarket Flower” was based on his mom’s perspective when she lost her mother
  • “Afire Love” was written about his grandfather’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease which he finished writing at his grandfather’s funeral
  • “Nancy Mulligan” was based on his grandfather’s perspective of his Romeo-Juliet romance with his wife who was Irish Catholic while he was an Irish Protestant
  • “Nina” was inspired by his former romance in 2012 with Scottish singer-songwriter, Nina Nesbitt who also appeared in his video for the song “Drunk”
  • “Don’t” is rumored to have been written as a direct message to ex-girlfriend Ellie Goulding
  • “The Man” is a personal story he wrote in an attempt to convince himself that he moved on from discovering a devastating betrayal in a past love relationship
  • “Thinking Out Loud” was inspired during his relationship with former girlfriend AthinaAndrelos in 2014

In 2015, Ed Sheeran started dating his childhood friend and sweetheart, Cherry Seaborn who he proposed to in 2017. Several of his songs were inspired by the relationship from as far back as their early childhood memories. The songs are:

  • Perfect
  • Hearts Don’t Break Around Here
  • How Would You Feel (Paean)
  • Shape of You
  • Galway Girl
  • Barcelona

His music life started at the age of 4 years old when he sang for the choir at his church. His father is an art historian, his mom designs jeweler and his brother is a composer of classical music. Ed Sheeran started playing the guitar at a young age and released an extended play (EP) record when he was 14 years old. In 2008, when he was 16 years old, he moved to London, and by 2009, he had performed in over 300 live shows. Amidst his success, he is a philanthropist, actively seeking help for street sex workers.